Challenge Road Building Campaign
80 years of research all agree that building roads leads to more traffic, not less. But despite this, the government is proposing the biggest road development programme since the 1970s.
To answer the question 'but will it work?', CPRE commissioned an independent study of the impact of new roads on traffic, the landscape and economic growth. The report - The end of the road? Challenging the road-building consensus
- found that building new roads is not the solution. It shows that road schemes:
- Generate more traffic
- Lead to permanent and significant environmental and landscape damage
- Show little evidence of economic benefit to local economies
- And crucially, they also fail to provide any congestion relief
Instead of more roads, we need a major overhaul of national roads policy, and truly sustainable transport policies, founded on the principles of smarter travel: reducing the need to travel; increasing travel choices; and maximising efficiency through new technology.
We are not short of evidence in the Peak District of road building schemes which will not deliver what they promise. We know that our arguments are not popular with the people who live in areas blighted by heavily congested traffic, nor with people who spend hours in the same traffic jam year after year.
But this is our corner of England and it is ours to protect. And we have hard evidence to prove that these schemes will actually make problems worse. This is the biggest threat to the Peak District for decades and absolutely contrary to national park policy. We must fight it hard! We cannot build our way out of congestion.
If you would like to support our campaign, to prevent more of our precious landscape being obliterated by roads, please donate what you can.